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It is important to note that there are two British Airways! This page provides information on British Airways PLC which is based in the UK and operates direct flights from South Africa to London and beyond. British Airways operated by Comair operates domestic and regional flights from South Africa.

British Aiways has been named one of the World's Best Airlines at the 2015 World Airline Awards! They also boast a 4 star rating with Skytrax. From South Africa they offer direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports (Nov 2016) and beyond. Currently they are the only airline to offer direct flights to London from Cape Town.

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  • 18 October 2021: British Airways is resuming their direct service to Cape Town following South Africa's removal from the red list. From 2 November the airline will offer three weekly flights, which will become daily flights from 12 November 2021.

  • 30 January 2020: British Airways is one of the first airlines to have cancelled flights to China in order to combat the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. While the airline has officially only cancelled flights until 31 January 2020, no flights to China are available on their online booking engine for February either. Many airlines have since followed suit. Lufthansa, SWISS, KLM, American Airlines and several others have either significantly reduced services or cancelled them alltogether. Passengers travelling to China should check their flight status before departure.

  • 22 October 2018: British Airways experienced a massive data breach, first reported on in September 2018. The data breach affected passenger's credit card details that were entered on their website or mobile app between 21 August and 5 September 2018. Affected passengers were contacted by the airline and likely had to cancell their credit card afterwards. The online theft saw details stolen including name, email address and credit card information, including the CVV code. 

  • 24 May 2018: British Airways are adding four more flights per week to their Johannesburg - London route from the 28th of October 2018. They will also increase their Cape Town - Heathrow flights from daily to double daily for the upcoming summer and will add three flights per week to their Cape Town - Gatwick route.

  • 23 May 2018: From the 29th of October 2018 British Airways will operate direct flights between Durban and London Heathrow. They will operate three weekly flights. Flights from Durban will depart on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and return flights from London will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flights Routes:

British Airways offers direct flights from all major international airports in South Africa to London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. Travellers can choose to either fly directly between South Africa and London or connect via London to destinations in the UK, Europe and the USA among others.

Flights from South Africa to London:


Flights from London to International Destinations:

Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Island, China, Chile, Columbia, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepa, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Phillipines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand,Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Vietnam


Baggage Allowance

All travellers 2 years + are allowed one handbag/laptop, one cabin bag and at least one checked bag. Infants under the age of 2 are only allowed one cabin bag.

Cabin Bag

Both the airline and the respective airports can regulate handluggage allowances. If you are travelling from South Africa, the ACSA rules also apply. Below you'll find the strictest of the two rules to make sure you don't have to check your hand luggage in at OR Tambo.

Handbags and laptop bags can be no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm and weigh a maximum of 7 kg. Your additional cabin bag can be no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and weigh a maximum of 7 kg.

Checked Bag

Quick tip: If you have already made a booking on British Airways you can log in online using the reference and check the exact allowance allocated to you. This is where you'll find the most up to date information as airlines frequently alter their policies.

Bags can be a maximum size of 90cm x 75cm x 43cm. This includes the wheels, handles and anything else that protrudes.  

How many bags you are allowed and how much they can weigh depends on your booking class.

Allowance (excluding Britsh Airways operated by Comair flights):

Booking Class

Adults (16+)

Young Adults (12-15)

Children (2-11)

Infants (Under 2)


1 bag; max 23kg

1 bag; max 23kg

1 bag; max 23kg  +1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat

1 bag; max 23kg + 1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat

Premium Economy

2 bags; 23kg each

2 bags; 23kg each

2 bags; 23kg each+1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat

2 bags; 23kg each+1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat

Business Class

2 bags; 32kg each

2 bags; 32kg each

2 bags; 32kg each +1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat

2 bags; 32kg each +1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat

First Class

3 bags; 32kg

3 bags; 32kg

3 bags; 32kg +1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat

3 bags; 32kg +1 fully collapsible stroller and 1 car seat


  • Travelling to/from Brazil: Economy and premium economy class young adults and adults flying to or from Brazil can take two pieces of luggage weighing up to 32 kg each.
  • Economy class young adults and adults travelling to and from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone or connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada can take 2 bags weighing up to 23 kg each.
  • Gold/oneworld Emerald status flyers get an additional bag on their booking class allowance and the weight restriction on all checked bags will be 32kg.
  • Silver/oneworld Sapphire status Economy flyers are allowed a second free checked bag and and the weight restriction on all checked bags for all classes will be 32kg.
  • If you make one booking on seperate classes, the more generous allowance will apply to the whole journey.

Old News

  • 20 June 2017. British Airways cabin crew will again embark on a two-week strike from the 1st until the 16th of July 2017. Crew belonging to the Unite Union will take action due to the dispute over pay and benefits. The strike is also in part a protest to action taken against 1400 crew members who have faced sanctions due to participation in previous strike action. This is expected to affect international BA flights, including the possibility of flights between SA and London. British Airways Comair flights are not affected.

  • 15 March 2017. British Airways will no longer be accepting cash payments at international airports in the USA and UK. This includes payments for additional baggage, flights changes and any applicable service fees among others. Only cards will be accepted from the 1st of April 2017.

  • 28 October 2016. The minimum check-in time for long-haul British Airways fligts departing London Heathrow will be one hour (60 minutes) before departure from the 30th of October 2016.

  • 22 August 2016. British Airways are reducing their inflight catering and will now only be offering one full meal on certain long-haul flights less than 8 hours long. This should not affect flights between South Africa and London which are longer than 8 hours. This is part of BA's plan to reduce waste.

  • 26 May 2016. British Airways are increasing their flights to Cape Town for January and February 2017. The airline will add an additional flight, bringing the total to 16 weekly flights, from the 1st to the 9th of January and the 3rd to the 27th of February 2017. The additional flight will also be operated on a Boeing 747-400 to meet the increased demand for flights to Cape Town.

  • 18 April 2016. When you think about it, drones don't seem like they can really pose a threat against a big aircraft. But when you consider that they can jam the engines or even break the cockpit glass, the threat becomes all too real. Passengers on a recent British Airways flights from Geneva, Switzerland to London luckily only got away with a few scrapes when a drone crashed into their aircraft at London Heathrow Airport. Drones flying dangerously close to aircraft are becoming a frequent occurence in the US. It is illegal to fly a drone in certain areas, especially those where the air traffic is very dense.

  • 30 Sep 2015. British Airways today announced that due to seasonality they will cut back on some Cape Town - London flights.

  • 22 Jun 2015. In what can only be described as a very unfortunate event, two stowaways got onto a British Airways plane in Johannesburg, South Africa and undertook the 11 hour flight to Britain. Miraculously both managed to cling on the plane until they reached London, when one of them lost his life when he fell onto the roof of a shopping centre. The other stowaway managed to cling on and was later discovered by airport staff in a critical condition. It is still unclear how they managed to survive the lack of oxygen and temperatures of minus  50°C, with an investigation still ongoing. They are investigating whether they somehow managed to access the cabin. British police have not yet confirmed the identities or nationalities of the stowaways. If the surviving stowaway regains consciousness, he might be able to provide further clarity. ACSA has also announced that they are increasing airport security.

  • 15 April 2015. British Airways is currently the only airline offering direct flights from Cape Town to London. Virgin Atlantic will no longer operate flights out of Cape Town and SAA stopped operating Cape Town - London flights quite a while ago.

  • 26 Oct 2014. It was announced on the 12th November 2013, that BA would be increasing its Airbus A380 flights from Johannesburg to London to a daily operation.

  • On 22 September 2013 BA flights to Chengdu in China were launched; joining Beijing (launched 1980), Hong Kong & Shanghai (launched 2005) as the 4 cities in China BA flies to.

  • 31 July 2013. Springbok rugby player Bryan Habana races the British Airways A380 (the plane which is being used on the route from February 2014). This follows his race against a cheetah. He starts off well in front, cheered on by Jean de Villiers, but the A380 catches up, before Habana wins by a small margin.

  • British Airways are introducing the A380 on the Johannesburg to London Heathrow flight route from 12 February 2014 (3 times a week), and then increasing the frequency to 6 a week from 10 March 2014. As a result from the 3rd March 2014 they're decreasing their flight frequency from 17 to 14 flights a week.

  • End March 2012. British Airways adds 3 flights per week to its existing double-daily Johannesburg to London flight route. The 3 new flights from London are overnight flights and return from Joburg as daylight flights, using Boeing 777-300ERs.  “We do expect there to be premium demand from people who want to ease into their business trips rather than step off the aircraft and go straight to their meetings. The daylight service also makes it possible to make a same-day connection to New York. The improved seats, entertainment systems, meal services and some tactical pricing should also help to make the daylight proposition popular with leisure travellers.”  says BA’s strategic commercial development manager for SA, Daniel Bainbridge

Frequent Traveller Program

The British Airways frequent traveller programme is called the Executive Club. Only Executive Club members can earn miles on British Airways flights. The same program applies to British Aiways PLC (international flights) and British Aiways Comair flights (domestic flights). Miles earned on one of the airlines can be redeemed on the other. Find out about Lifetime Gold Membership and how to enroll in the programme here.

Power outlets

First identify which plane you're flying on:

  • On 747s First, business (Club World) & economy plus (World Traveller Plus) seats have power points. Economy class (World Traveller) don't have power points.

  • On 777s there are power points in first class, business class premium economy and even in economy on some planes.


Aircraft Number

Airbus A318-100


Airbus A319-100


Airbus A320-200


Airbus A321-200


Airbus A380-800


Boeing 737-400


Boeing 747-400


Boeing 767-300ER


Boeing 777-200


Boeing 777-200ER


Boeing 777-300ER


Boeing 787-8


Boeing 787-9



Here's what first class is like on the BA A380, which flies between Johannesburg and London Heathrow.

Flight Reviews

BA Johannesburg to London

2013-08-09. Rating 5/5 : The last time I went on a trip was to the UK. We left from Durban on Mango and landed at Johannesburg, OR Tambo for the flight to London on British Airways. I flew British Airways because the person that was planning the trip for me said that British Airways and SAA had the best trained pilots. What can I say. I'm very nervous when it comes to flying. But during the 15 hr flight to London I admit I was nervous. I couldn't sleep and I had my seatbelt on during the whole duration of the flight. The hostesses constantly came to me to reassure me that all was well and to offer me something to drink. Whenever I needed their assistance they would be next to me within 10sec. Although I'm a nervous flyer I have a few highlights of my experience with British Airways that would make me fly with them anytime. For instance the efficiency, neatness and friendlyness of the staff. Although it is in any flight personell code of conduct to have good etiquette and make all passengers from economy to first class feel at home, well British Airways goes the extra mile. They give you the reason to not even consider another airline as service goes. Moving on to the entertainment on the flight. The movies were definitely a highlight, and kept me busy through the flight. There was an enormous choice of movies that would last you a few flights. The food was just to die for. Fresh, warm and full of flavour. And enough to satisfy any foodloving person. Lol, kinda like dining out and going to the movies. Everything was very professional and (wow!) the knowledge of the pilot about different countries that we were flying over and the weather was top nodge. Well to end the flight on a perfect note the landing was immaculate. So smooth that when the plane came to a standstill I was very stunned cause I almost didn't feel the touch down. I would have been honoured to shake the hand of the pilot but I was flying economy and the cockpit if I'm not mistaken is more in the first class direction. I think first class on British Airways would be world class fit for a queen and I will keep that in my wish list as I can only afford economy but I can proudly say that economy class on British Airways is an absolute pleasure and classy . So now I'm planning a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland and my first choice would without a doubt be British Airways. I would from my own personal experience rate them on a scale from 1 to 5 ? Without a doubt give a 5 with a thumbs up. What can I say British Airways brings the world together. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to write this preview as just talking about my experience with British Airways makes me relive the whole trip. Author :

First international flight

2013-07-18. Rating 5/5 : I would like to review the British Airways journey when I was travelling to London. It was the first time that I travelled for more than ten hours in a flight. I actually was panicking since I had travelled in small flights before which overall were not comfortable. When we reached the O R Tambo International Airport, we were given a pass out to go to the private lounge where we were treated as queens and kings. The meals and snacks were amazing and the friendliness of the staff was just mind blowing. I think I was immediately eased from my panicking state. When it was time to board the flight, we had this wonderful crew which assisted and ushered us to the flight. Into the flight we were met by this professional and friendly greetings of the cabinet crew. The inside of the flight spoke comfort immediately you got in and indeed it was comfortable, cosy and warm. It was now time for the flight to take off, the air hostess announced that, I was so amazed at the smooth take-off, I was still waiting for the roughness BUT here I was now served the first meals by the most friendly personnel. It was the most comfortable, warm and cosy twelve hour flight. It is funny how I enjoyed what they announced as turbulence because it did not feel like turbulence, I actually enjoyed that, I think maybe it is because the flight is huge and the turbulence seemed like dancing in garden. Then came the part that I feared the most: the landing. Walaah!, it was so easy despite the fact that it was raining, it was smooth and I only realised that it has indeed landed when the hostess announced that we must remain seated until the flight has completely come to a stop. Here again we were received with friendly and warm greetings. Author :

British Airways Flights from South Africa to London are rated 5/5 based on 2 customer reviews

BA plane at Cape Town International Airport

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